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Ms. Avigail Gutman

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Phone: +86 ***********  
Email: a***@***.com
Local Address:  China
Company Description: NDS Group plc (NASDAQ: NNDS)(EURONEXT: NNDS), a News Corporation company, is a leading supplier of open end-to-end digital pay TV solutions for the secure delivery...   more
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CASBAA CONVENTION 2004
www.casbaaconvention.com, 25 Feb 2004 [cached]
Avigail Gutman, NDS (Israel) David Dea, President/CEO, Taiwan Broadband Communications (Taiwan)
NDS's Asia-Pacific security ...
www.afr.com, 4 April 2012 [cached]
NDS's Asia-Pacific security chief, Avigail Gutman, emailed Adams that "it may even be to our benefit if these came out on the market first - taking the heat off Joyce and also taking away from Tooley's unique standing".
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However, hours later, Gutman emailed Adams: "A release from Europe sounds good. Here's the software."
The Financial Review has found no evidence in the emails that NDS ever provided such products to Irdeto. In context, it appears Gutman intended the pirate software to be released on the internet.
In fact, a version of the Millenium Group's Irdeto hack for Australia was already posted on The House of Ill Compute, and NDS hacker Andy Coulthurst explained to Gutman how the codes on the NDS pirate website worked.
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However, a month later, Gutman and Adams were discussing how to engineer Deubel's release on the grounds that it would further piracy of yet another system, Seca, used by Canal Plus.
Gutman had identified a Sydney hacker, David Cottle, as the best prospect to succeed Deubel in developing a hack for Irdeto in Australia.
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Gutman protected Cottle, dissuading Irdeto from prosecuting him: "The objective of any current action would be to eliminate Cottle as a threat to any NDS systems but without disturbing his other hacking activities (as much as possible) .?.?.
An email exchange between NDS ...
www.afr.com, 5 April 2012 [cached]
An email exchange between NDS executives Avigail Gutman and Ray Adams describing contact between the News Corp subsidiary's operations and Australian hacker David Cottle.
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In a January 1, 2000 email, NDS Asia Pacific head of security Avigail Gutman wrote to NDS's European head of Operational Security, Ray Adams: "Cottle is still of interest.
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Ms Gutman wrote to Mr Adams on March 1, 2000: "Bond [Cottle], in OZ, is still struggling, but is almost there, with reprogramming the european DSPC cards (not that this is too attractive, since they can easily fully enable the originals ... but they are running short on stock, so are looking for alternatives ...) He asked george whether there are any available cheaply in europe.
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That was done primarily as Avigail feared that MM was about to become a threat to NDS products in Australia.
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"We now have proof of an existing, marketable hack for Irdeto in Australia ... we do not want to expose JOYCE in the process of exposing Irdeto," Ms Gutman wrote to Mr Adams on April 30, 1999.
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We do not want Cottle in jail until he has a successor for the Irdeto hack," Ms Gutman wrote to Mr Adams on October 20.
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So - phone numbers are ..." Ms Gutman wrote to Mr Adams on August 24, 2000, providing a list of four phone numbers, including a home phone number.
CASBAA CONVENTION 2004
www.casbaa.com, 1 Jan 2004 [cached]
Avigail Gutman, NDS (Israel) David Dea, President/CEO, Taiwan Broadband Communications (Taiwan)
Covert operations in Australia were ...
www.afr.com, 27 Mar 2012 [cached]
Covert operations in Australia were directed by the head of Operational Security for Asia Pacific, Avigail Gutman.
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Operational Security, headed by Hasak, Ray Adams in Europe, former US Army intelligence officer John Norris in the US, and Avigail Gutman in Asia, quickly gained a reputation for handling complex criminal investigations, using more than 20 informants and undercover agents and executing "stings" on pirate groups, often working with law enforcement agencies.
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"Hello Gentlemen, we've now managed to write to an Australian Irdeto card using the s/w [software] I got from Joyce," Avigail Gutman wrote to her boss Hasak and to Ray Adams in London, on May 29, 1999.
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Gutman said the new pirate cards by Adams' contact could "be to our benefit if these came out on the market first". She was proposing to sell the Operational Security pirate card before the real pirate card could be distributed.
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"Andy this is great stuff," Gutman emailed back from Taiwan.
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"WE WILL NOT USE THE ONES AT FOXTEL," Gutman wrote.
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So the pirate codes that Gutman planned to use on Foxtel cards came from a piracy site run by Operational Security.
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Avigail Gutman alerted Mindport, the company making the Irdeto system, and arranged for Deubel to be arrested in Thailand.
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Just five weeks after engineering an arrest for piracy in Thailand, Avigail Gutman was planning to use Australian hackers to promote piracy in neighbouring Malaysia.
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Gutman herself wrote: "Rest assured we are NOT doing any joint action with Irdeto in OZ. This would clash with our business interests (we are currently negotiating a simulcrypt solution for the satellite and the digital-cable there, and other broadcasters might show interest, too. Mindport are not aware of this yet, as far as I know.)"
Double dealings
Thus while Irdeto believed they were collaborating with NDS Operational Security to stop piracy in Australia, Gutman was now working to replace Irdeto with an NDS card used by StarTV in Hong Kong.
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While Operational Security was assuring Curle at Irdeto that it was in his best interest not to move against Cottle, Gutman was focused on the need for Cottle to produce a new hack of Irdeto.
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Gutman was now proposing to send the Astro pirate box to Bond 007 to distract him from working on pirating StarTV.
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These two emails by Gutman were exhibits in the 2008 Echostar case in California.
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In his 2008 court testimony, ­Reuven Hasak described Gutman as his "right hand" in Operational Security, but said the Astro plan was never executed.
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"I wanted to tell you that maybe -I just wanted to say that maybe it was initiative of Ms Gutman," Hasak testified.
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Yet the emails show Gutman continued to act as if her scheme to get the Astro Seca box to Bond 007 was going ahead. "Fact is-the StarTV platform has all the holes of the Sky Latin America platform," she wrote on November 2. She was pressing for the loopholes to be closed "and once this happens, and their Ozies get their hands on a Seca box, it may delay their NDS projects".
On October 29, Cottle had received an email from "George Miller"(not his real name) in Melbourne, who said he had been given Cottle's email address on Thoic by a business associate, "Scissors". "I have been led to believe there is a business opportunity for us to explore," George said.
"This is my guy," Gutman wrote when Adams obtained the email from Thoic.
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George and Scissors were both informants working for Gutman.
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Gutman wrote of a meeting with a StarTV exec: "I told Sue that she can/should forcefully deny any allegations of a Sky hack, should these come up."
Gutman was contemptuous of the skills of Australian hackers: "They cannot produce a hack on their own - AT ALL!!!
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By March 2000 Gutman reported that Bond's group was working on hacking European pirate cards for Irdeto, which could be reprogrammed to pirate Foxtel and Austar.
Delaying tactics
Gutman made arrangements with Adams to obtain 20 to 30 of the European cards for Cottle: "Blank would be great.
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"Much appreciated," Gutman wrote back. "The idea being, of course, to delay their attempts to tamper with our StarTV system."
By mid-2000 Gutman's relations with Irdeto were breaking down, as Foxtel Satellite moved to broadcast streams using NDS as well as Irdeto (known as simulcrypt).
But for Operational Security, the answer was to drop Irdeto completely.
"I met with NELL aka Mary-Ellen Payne from Foxtell," Gutman wrote.
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Gutman complained to Adams on February 25, 2001 that Foxtel had not paid a penny for security in the years it had been an NDS customer, and said "but with the growing piracy down there, we will need them to start paying . . ."
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